Daily Archives: February 3, 2016

Evaluating and Valuing Cull Beef Cows and Their Carcasses

Evaluating and Valuing Cull Beef Cows and Their Carcasses

Troy Smith

Angus Beef Bulletin

If you think all cull cows going to slaughter end up as hamburger, think again. That was the message shared by Colorado State University meat scientist Dale Woerner during the 24th biennial Range Beef Cow Symposium in November.

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How Valuabull?

How Valuabull?

Aaron Berger

University of Nebraska

The spring bull sale season is underway. Catalogs are being studied, EPDs and individual animal performance numbers are being compared and choices are being made as to which bulls will be the next herd sires.

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Biological signal indicates ‘go time’ for newborns

Biological signal indicates ‘go time’ for newborns

Miranda Reiman

Farm and Ranch Guide

A baby calf nursing for the first time … if everything’s going right, it might look a little peaceful. But no matter how serene it may seem on the outside, what’s happening inside is a fast and furious defense system. The biological signal that calf, and its immune system, gets could be summed up as, “It’s go time!”

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The Challenge of Describing Sustainability in the Beef Industry

The Challenge of Describing Sustainability in the Beef Industry

Robin Salverson

iGrow

The definition of sustainability in agriculture is a much debated topic. When focusing on production agriculture, Cameron Bruett with JBS USA and past president of the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef, put it simply as “Doing more with less. Doing better today than you did yesterday so you have the opportunity to improve tomorrow. It is about continuous improvement”.

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Cold Weather Increases Energy Requirements for Spring-Calving Herds

Cold Weather Increases Energy Requirements for Spring-Calving Herds

Cheryl Anderson

DTN

Cows require more energy in winter to stay warm and to maintain their core body temperature during prolonged periods of cold, according to Justin Waggoner, research and extension beef systems specialist at Kansas State University.

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Cattle minerals – getting your sights on a moving target

Cattle minerals – getting your sights on a moving target

Mark Parker

FarmTalk

Animal requirements are not constant and, most importantly, standing forage mineral content can vary significantly with grazing pressure, seasonal maturity and even pasture to pasture.

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Small grains as forage: Harvest or graze soon, not late

Small grains as forage: Harvest or graze soon, not late

Daren D. Redfearn

Progressive Forage Grower

Incorporating small grains offers many benefits for forage production; however, not all small-grain species are equal when it comes to forage production. There are substantial differences in terms of seasonality, cold tolerance and the ability of the species to be incorporated into existing cropping systems.

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Good Stockmen Understand What an Animal is “Saying”

Good Stockmen Understand What an Animal is “Saying”

Whit Hibbard

On Pasture

Low-stress livestock handling is based on a mutual understanding and communication between bovine and human. That is, when our animals understand what we are telling them to do and we understand what they are telling us in response, and we communicate effectively with them (which is done through proper technique), they will willingly do what we want.

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Nutrient and vaccination programs to prevent losses in calving herds

Nutrient and vaccination programs to prevent losses in calving herds

Chloe Creager

Drovers

In the midst of the spring calving season, beef producers could experience calf losses due to late-term abortions and stillbirths. Although it might seem that there is an increase in the number of calf abortions occurring, a certain number of them are a regular part of the calving season, according to Gregg Hanzlicek, director of production animal field investigations at the Kansas State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.

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Worms in the cow herd

Worms in the cow herd

John Maday

Bovine Veterinarian

Veterinarians and producers generally recognize that control of internal parasites is critical and cost-effective, particularly in calves and replacement heifers. In the mature cow herd, however, where the effects of parasitism are mostly subclinical, the benefits of treatment can be less obvious. Nevertheless, an appropriate parasite-control program in the cow herd can protect against loss of body condition, reduced immunity and reproductive losses.

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